LibriVox recording of Absalom and Achitophel, by John Dryden. Read by Chymocles. John Dryden published Absalom and Achitophel: A Poem in 1681. It is an elaborate historical allegory using the political situation faced by King David (2 Samuel 14-18) to mirror that faced by Charles II. Each monarch had a son whom a high-ranking minister attempted to use against him. James Scott, first Duke of Monmouth, Charles II's illegitimate son, was detected planning a rebellion late in 1681, supposedly... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: librivox, audiobook, literature, poetry, epic poem, political satire, bible, Monmouth, Shaftesbury,... Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
LibriVox recording of Vintage Verse Rhapsody, a collection of poetry selected and performed by Bob Gonzalez, rhapsode. Rhapsodes of Ancient Greece were "song-stitchers", performing selections from the epics of Homer and Hesiod. The contemporary rhapsode performs the classical poetry of his or her language, culture, and tradition. Any particular collection and arrangement of poems for performance I term a ârhapsody.â In general terms, a rhapsody is an ecstatic expression of feeling... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: LibriVox, audio book, lyric, narrative, dramatic, metaphysical, inspirational, contemplative,...
LibriVox recording of Ecce Homo, by Friedrich Nietzsche. Read by TimSC. The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's autobiography, Ecce Homo, was the last prose work that he wrote before his illness in 1889. Coming at the end of an extraordinarily productive year in which he had produced The Twilight of the Idols and The Antichrist, Nietzsche shuns any pretense at modesty with chapter titles include “Why I am so Wise”, “Why I am so Clever” and “Why I Write Such Excellent Books”. His... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: audiobook, librivox, philosophy, Nietzsche, . Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
The first episode of a 13-part radio theatre adaptation of the Cervantes classic. Produced by Globe Radio Repertory, it played to great acclaim on NPR Playhouse in the mid-80s. Title: "The Quest Begins" ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Don Quixote, radio drama, NPR Playhouse, Globe Radio Repertory
LibriVox recording of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, by Samuel Johnson. Read by Martin Geeson. In this enchanting fable (subtitled The Choice of Life), Rasselas and his retinue burrow their way out of the totalitarian paradise of the Happy Valley in search of that triad of eighteenth-century aspiration - life, liberty and happiness. According to that quirky authority, James Boswell, Johnson penned his only work of prose fiction in a handful of days to cover the cost of his mother's funeral. The... ( 6 reviews ) Topics: librivox, literature, audiobook, adventure, fiction, choice of life. Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text